Romanian director Dragoş Buliga has won the Grand Prize at the Philip K. Dick Film Festival in New York for his debut feature film, “The Wanderers, Spirit Hunter”. The movie, which stars American actor Armand Assante in the lead role, was named Best Dramatic Feature at the festival and was presented to the American audience in a screening attended by Assante, Buliga, and part of the production team. “The Wanderers, Spirit Hunter”, based on an original screenplay by Octav Gheorghe, has already won two “Best Feature” awards at the Dracula Film Festival in Braşov and the Unreal Film Festival in Memphis, and is part of the official selection at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey and the Glasgow Film Festival in Scotland.
“The Wanderers, Spirit Hunter” is an independent Romanian project filmed in English, Romanian, German, and Korean, produced by Wanderers Inc., Frame Film, and That’s the Film, with a production team from Romania, UK, France, and Spain. The movie was shot in Sighişoara, Dofteana (Bacău county), and Bucharest, and features a cast of Romanian actors such as Raluca Aprodu, Răzvan Vasilescu, Oana Marcu, Claudiu Bleonţ, Alexandra Apetrei, Pali Vecsei, George Remeş, and Bogdan Nechifor, as well as Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, protagonist of the movie “Foxtrot”, which won the Silver Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, and Korean actors Bae Junghawa and Sun Hojae, and Bosnian actor and musician Branko Duric. “The Wanderers, Spirit Hunter” tells the story of Louis (Armand Assante), the world’s most famous ghost and vampire hunter, who, together with journalist Robert (Lior Ashkenazi), arrives in a Transylvanian village on the trail of a mysterious bloody story that took place in Zalesky Castle. They are guided by a Romanian woman (Raluca Aprodu) who aspires to become a journalist and who takes care of a team of Koreans in search of a sensational subject for a reality show.